The trawler Night Raider.Photo: Graeme Marlow
The trawler Night Raider.Photo: Graeme Marlow

Widow faces Bay court after trawler tragedy

THE widow whose husband vanished when his trawler sank after leaving Urangan marina sobbed in court as she was sentenced for breaking regulations on the doomed vessel.

Trudy Sainty appeared in court as the sole director of Marellen, which managed the trawler known as Night Raider.

Her husband, veteran professional fisherman Grant Sainty, 60, was the skipper on board the boat when it stopped responding after it left Hervey Bay about three years ago, leading to an extensive air and sea search which found no trace of the three men on board.

Port Macquarie father of six Doug Hunt was on board as well as a 24-year-old man.

Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard that the Night Raider was required to have a certified master and engineer or one person who held both qualifications on the vessel at all times.

Mr Sainty held a skipper qualification, but no engineering qualification, the court heard.

While Sainty was the sole director of the company, her husband had been responsible for hiring the crews on the boat, the court heard.

It was not alleged the crewing of the vehicle contributed to the sinking.

The court heard the impact of the incident had a catastrophic toll on the company, with the loss of its principal source of income with the vessel and with Sainty losing her husband.

The court heard she had managed the company for 15 years before the tragedy.

Magistrate Stephen Guttridge said it was a tragic case with not just the livelihood but her partner.

Sainty was convicted and fined $10,800.


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